from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun Same as contention, 5.
  • noun The act of contesting or striving to gain or overcome; contest; emulation, competition, or rivalry.
  • noun . Strife; dispute.
  • noun Joint testimony; proof by witnesses; attestation.
  • noun In the Gallican liturgies, the Vere Dignum, or clause beginning β€œIt is very meet, right, and our bounden duty,” at the beginning of the eucharistic preface; in a wider sense, the whole preface.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun The act of contesting; emulation; rivalry; strife; dispute.
  • noun obsolete Proof by witness; attestation; testimony.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun The act of contesting; emulation; rivalry; strife; dispute.
  • noun Proof by witness; attestation; testimony.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • noun a contentious speech act; a dispute where there is strong disagreement


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  • Germany's so-called contestation suits date back to the 19th century and were designed to protect minority shareholders who can ask the court to invalidate majority votes.


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  • Is the "contestation" produced, taken up, and consumed by a comfortable and unmoved bourgeois readership?

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  • Pretending that watching TV and fetishizing the sex lives of Star Trek characters are political acts of "contestation" and "resistance."

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  • When Gauntlett replied that the IEC did not wish to become involved in any form of "contestation", King replied that he thought the IEC was acting in defiance of the court's request.

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  • And, while this is within my own comfort zone, for what that's worth, I would have been interested in some real contestation even there.

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  • The contestation of intersecting and overlapping identities between Christians and Jews is not a modern phenomenon.

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  • All those -- politicians and others -- who ask of a book only stereotypes, and who fear above all the spirit of contestation, can only mistrust literature.

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  • These tactics may include strikes, boycotts, mass demonstrations, the popular contestation of public space, tax refusal, destruction of symbols of government authority (such as official identification cards), refusal to obey official orders (such as curfew restrictions), and the creation of alternative institutions for political legitimacy and social organization.

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  • Peter Jaszi, Moderator: This panel is about various forms of contestation around fan cultural production and around genre itself.

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